Vidhya Alakeson steps down as CEO of Power to Change

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After seven years, Vidhya Alakeson is leaving her role as Chief Executive of Power to Change to take up a new position as Director of External Relations for Keir Starmer, Leader of the Labour Party, in March.
10 Feb, 2022

Vidhya will officially stand down as Chief Executive on 10th February. She will continue to support the organisation with a smooth operational transition until the end of February.

Vidhya’s leadership of Power to Change has expertly steered the organisation from an initial idea, through start up and onto maturity. Under Vidhya’s leadership, Power to Change has made a significant contribution to growing the community business sector. It has invested more than £100m in community businesses, particularly those in the most disadvantaged parts of the country. It has helped communities establish and grow impactful local businesses that benefit their local community, take ownership of important buildings and land that matter to them, and deliver vital services to local people.

The Board and team at Power to Change will miss Vidhya’s leadership, energy and expertise and thank her for her outstanding contribution to the sector, hard work and dedication over the last seven years.

Recruitment will shortly begin for a new Chief Executive who will drive forward Power to Change’s 2021-2025 strategy and enable community businesses to both recover well from the pandemic and deliver on their potential to address some of the most pressing issues facing us as a society, from social inequality and polarisation to the climate crisis.

In the interim period, Power to Change will be led by Tim Davies-Pugh who is currently Director of Strategy and Programmes and has worked with Power to Change since 2017.